by Simon Caldwell
posted Thursday, 21 Jul 2016
Inquiry finds that doctors who conscientiously object to abortion are denied career choices
Doctors who refuse to take part in abortions are suffering increasingly from harassment and discrimination at work, the British Medical Association has told MPs.
Healthcare professionals are complaining to the union that they are facing pressure to take part in abortions and confronted with glass ceilings to advancement when they refuse, a new report reveals today.
The BMA highlighted the problem in written evidence submitted to a parliamentary inquiry into the working of the conscience clause of the 1967 Abortion Act.
The BMA said in its evidence that it “supports the right of doctors to have a conscientious objection to termination of pregnancy and believes that such doctors should not be marginalised”.
“Some doctors have complained of being harassed and discriminated against because of their conscientious objection to abortion,” it continues.